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Utilization of Soil Temperature Data for Ecological Work

H. C. Chiang and Donald G. Baker
Ecology
Vol. 49, No. 6 (Nov., 1968), pp. 1155-1160
Published by: Wiley
DOI: 10.2307/1934500
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1934500
Page Count: 6
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Utilization of Soil Temperature Data for Ecological Work
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Abstract

An examination of the climatological data published by the Environmental Science Services Administration, U. S. Department of Commerce, for all 50 states shows that soil temperatures are recorded at very few localities and at varying depths and hours. In order to make greater use of such data, relationships between (a) the temperature at a given depth and the average temperature conditions of the plow layer (which includes the major portion of the rhyzosphere) and between (b) the temperatures at a given hour and the average temperature for the day were examined. Procedures to approximate the daily rhyzosphere mean temperature from limited soil temperature measurements are suggested.

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